Days of Wine and Roses

You can make a difference. Join Renascent for this outstanding production of the classic JP Miller portrayal of a young couple's descent into alcoholism and addiction, featuring an all-recovery cast. ...

Perspective: A Skeptic’s Journey to a Higher Power

At around 10 years of sobriety, I felt like I was a fraud. I just didn’t have a God. The Group of Drunks (GOD) was no longer enough to keep ...

Physician Substance Use and Addiction

These doctors are usually compassionate people, dedicated in the extreme to the well-being of their patients — to their own detriment and often that of their families. They tend to ...

Days of Wine and Roses

You can make a difference. Join Renascent for this outstanding production of the classic JP Miller portrayal of a young couple’s descent into alcoholism and addiction, featuring an all-recovery cast. All funds raised by the Renascent Foundation help families reclaim their lives from alcoholism and drug addiction.

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Renascent to Publish TGIF Anthologies

Vote for your favourite TGIF articles and help Renascent put together three collections of TGIF writings – available in spring 2015 as print and electronic books. By voting, you’ll let us know which articles made a difference in your recovery. With each nomination, your name is added to a draw to win your very own print copies of the entire collection. Vote now. Vote often.

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Perspective: A first, very imperfect 4th step …

When I first saw the Twelve Steps, they scared me. The talk about powerlessness, immorality and insanity was bad enough, but that the prescription was God felt repulsive to me. Listing my sins and sharing that with someone? Going around and telling people how I’d wronged them? Forget it!

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Taking Step Four

Remember that you are not writing the great American novel here. That would completely miss the point. You are to write an inventory – not a narrative. And, what is an inventory? We are not counting possessions. Nor are we really listing people, institutions, principles or even actions in order to count them. We are seeking to illuminate the basis (or underlying cause) of our actions. In other words, why do we resent the world the way we do?

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Video: Step Four

When I came in they told me that I’m not all wrong, and I’m not all right. But I need to take a moral inventory of the part I did wrong. Now, maybe somebody else was 90% wrong, and I was 10% wrong … well, I need to take a moral inventory of my 10%. Look at my 10%, 100% of the way! I must clean up my side of the street.

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